Skip Hire – 14th September 2018

Skip Permits and why you need one? 

When you place a skip on any public road or pavement you need to purchase a skip permit from the local council. Skip permits are there to limit the number of skips placed on public roads at any one time to reduce the impact on parking and traffic on the local environment. It is against the law to have a skip without a permit unless on private property such as a driveway. Enforcement officers carry out regular checks to ensure that skips have valid permits. If an unlicensed skip is found, you or the hire company will liable and be issued with a fine and the skip will be removed immediately. 

How do I apply for a skip permit?

Skip hire companies usually arrange the permit for you when you purchase a skip although some councils request the person paying for the skip is required to directly organise it.

What is the cost of a skip permit in London?

The average cost of a skip permit in London is currently around £70.00. This fee is paid directly to the council and will not be included in the price of skip hire.

How long does it take for the Council to issue a skip permit?

You can organise a skip permit through the council. The application is usually processed within in one or two days and will be valid for one or two weeks.  If you need the rubbish removed fast you may need a same day waste clearance service like

How are parking suspension fees calculated for skips?

On top of the skip hire permit fee, if a skip is located in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) this could be a residents parking bay or a pay & display parking zone then you will also need to organise and pay for a parking bay suspension. Fees vary from each council. In London they can cost anywhere between £0.00-£100.00 per day. Fees are usually charged daily.

Do you need a permit for Skip Bags?

The answer is yes a permit will need to be organised through your local council but only if the Skip Bag is placed on a public road. If you have private land such as driveway or a garden to locate your Skip bag then no permit is required.  

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